Aelita by Alekseï Nikolaevitch Tolstoï

By Alekseï Nikolaevitch Tolstoï

Peu après los angeles Première Guerre mondiale, l'ingénieur Loss se lance dans l. a. development d'une fusée pour rejoindre l. a. planète Mars. Mais personne ne veut l'accompagner dans ce voyage périlleux, à l'exception d'un aventurier, un ancien soldat de l'Armée rouge, Goussev. Arrivés sur Mars, ils y découvrent une civilisation millénaire, fondée par les rescapés de l'Atlantide où le luxe féodal de los angeles caste des gouvernants est le fruit du travail de mornes foules d'ouvriers...

Réflexion sur l. a. révolution, le progrès, les risks de l. a. décadence de l. a. civilisation, Aélita (1923) est considéré comme le leading chef-d'oeuvre de l. a. science-fiction soviétique. Mais le roman de Tolstoï est avant tout un grand livre d'aventures, dans l'esprit des oeuvres de H.G. Wells, Jack London, Burroughs ou Brioussov. Les légendes de l'Atlantide, les épopées des Hommes du Ciel, les scènes d'amour et de strive against, les envolées mystiques de Loss, l'intelligence prosaïque et les réparties comiques de Goussev - un personnage classique du skaz du XIXe siècle -, les descriptions d'un monde inconnu et mystérieux, tout cela fait d'Aélita un roman exaltant.

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While the spate of ethnically, confessionally, and racially inspired conflicts around the world serves to remind us of the minatory potential of social cleavages, such cleavages may also be viewed as a challenge, even as an opportunity. As Almond and Verba noted more than 20 years ago: [w]ithout some meaningfully structured cleavage in society, it is hard to see how democratic politics can operate. If democracy involves at some point a choice among alternatives, the choice must be about something.

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